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James van der Beek: "Dawson's Creek " paid me "almost nothing"

James Van Der Beek is finally cashing in on “Dawson’s Creek” -- a show the actor says paid “almost nothing” during its five season run.

“There was no residual money,” he told TODAY.com. “I was 20. It was a bad contract. I saw almost nothing from that.”

Now the newly remarried father of two is playing a fictionalized version of his post-teen heartthrob self on the new ABC comedy “Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23.”

“I auditioned against six other James Van Der Beeks for this role,” he joked when the show was first presented for TV critics last winter. “By default, it was me.”

On the series -- premiering Wednesday -- Van Der Beek pokes fun at his WB days by seducing women with Dawson Leery’s trademark flannel shirts and Paula Cole’s tune “I Don’t Wanna Wait” (the “Dawson’s Creek” theme song).

Van Der Beek, 36, said he signed on to play the former lover and BFF of New York scam artist Chloe (Krysten Ritter) -- who terrorizes, but then befriends her new roommate June (Dreama Walker) -- “when the (‘Dawson’s Creek’) money ran out.”

But don’t feel too sorry for him: According to documents obtained by TMZ during his divorce from actress Heather McComb, the actor was still pulling in a hefty $49,343 a month (with $4,100 going to charity) as of 2010!

While Van Der Beek has continued to appear in movies, he admits it wasn’t always easy to poke fun at himself -- or the character that made him once so famous.

“You are incredibly fortunate whatever success falls on you, which is what happened with me,” he said. “But as soon as that happens, I think there is a tendency to feel like you have something to lose. Or something to protect. That can often lead to taking yourself a little too seriously.

“It is very easy if you have all the money in the world to just sit back and coast. But if you realized that you are going to have to start providing for yourself and for your family, it really forces you to buckle down.”

In recent years, he said, “I started saying yes to things that I had been saying no to previously. I really passed on a lot of things out of fear or ‘What are people going to think?’ or ‘Is this what I really want to do?’ You can find a million reasons to say no to something. Then I got to a point where I thought, ‘What am I doing?’ And I started saying yes to anything that sounded fun.”

Along the way, Van Der Beek admitted he was too quick to say no to many projects.

“There were meetings for things that would have kept me a little more relevant,” he recalled. “But I thought, ‘I don’t really want to do another horror movie, do I?’ And, of course, doing ‘Amityville Horror’ would have been a really good career move at the time!”

"Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" premires on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

by Anonymousreply 6604/10/2012

Residuals have nothing to do with your contract. Maybe he means back end?

by Anonymousreply 104/09/2012

[quote]Residuals have nothing to do with your contract. Maybe he means back end?

Trust me: the Beek got A LOT through his back end!

by Anonymousreply 204/09/2012

Speaking of back end...

by Anonymousreply 304/09/2012

He is a loser.

by Anonymousreply 404/09/2012

$50,000 a month is his idea of almost nothing

by Anonymousreply 504/09/2012

BUMP

by Anonymousreply 604/09/2012

Poor baby. At least he didn't have to marry a controlling religious fanatic who sucks your soul dry.

by Anonymousreply 704/09/2012

I don't know who the lead chick is in this abortion, but if you have a funny villain, you're supposed to have a fabulous actress that people will love to hate or cheer on in her naughtiness. She is atrocious and the promos alone guarantee I will never watch an episode.

by Anonymousreply 804/09/2012

you get katie holmes version of 'get happy' on youtube when you search for judy garland.

by Anonymousreply 904/09/2012

50,000 dollars a month and he's saying he got nothing? Wow. That's unreal.

by Anonymousreply 1004/09/2012

It costs $50,000 a month to live in a one room apartment in New York. In California, mansions are much higher.

by Anonymousreply 1104/09/2012

I'm gay but I got married anyway.

by Anonymousreply 1204/09/2012

And all the girls at DL would bray about how he was queer. Ha!

by Anonymousreply 1304/09/2012

[quote]And all the girls at DL would bray about how he was queer. Ha!

Yes and gay celebrities never marry!!

by Anonymousreply 1404/09/2012

R14 is CORRECT!!!

by Anonymousreply 1504/09/2012

I guess James Van der beek is bringing this up because he spent all the money he made on Dawson's Creek. Too bad the cable reality stars actually make more money than he did on a prime time series. Nene leeks makes $750k per season plus $250k bonus for reunion shows.

by Anonymousreply 1704/10/2012

Actors should only make what the rest of us make. They should not earn more than $100, 000 a year.

by Anonymousreply 1804/10/2012

Who in the hell is Nene R17?

And btw R16, "queer" is SO 2002.

by Anonymousreply 1904/10/2012

Nene is one of the housewives from Real Housewives in Atlanta.

by Anonymousreply 2004/10/2012

That's sad on so many levels R20.

by Anonymousreply 2104/10/2012

[quote]Nene is one of the housewives from Real Housewives in Atlanta.

Who? From what?

by Anonymousreply 2204/10/2012

I'd be happy to chip in a $20 if he'd let me lick him.

by Anonymousreply 2304/10/2012

You can lick me!

by Anonymousreply 2404/10/2012

Me too, r23,

by Anonymousreply 2504/10/2012

JVB is a douche. He's already been married & divorced once and he got his 2nd wife pregnant before he was even divorced from the 1st one.

by Anonymousreply 2604/10/2012

Thank you Prudence McPrude!

by Anonymousreply 2704/10/2012

R27 = Newt Gingrich

by Anonymousreply 2804/10/2012

[quote]he got his 2nd wife pregnant before he was even divorced from the 1st one.

Horrors! You mean... he wasn't faithful to his wedding vows?!?

*GASPS*

by Anonymousreply 2904/10/2012

I've noticed on this board that a lot of posters tend to excuse the sleazy behavior of straight celebs.

by Anonymousreply 3004/10/2012

But, Dawson is hot! Who cares what he did? No one is perfect.

by Anonymousreply 3104/10/2012

Of course no one has to be perfect. I'm just saying he's a douche. And he is not that good-looking compared to other guys that were on that show like Jensen Ackles, Michael Pitt and Jason Behr.

by Anonymousreply 3204/10/2012

[quote]I've noticed on this board that a lot of posters tend to excuse the sleazy behavior of straight celebs.

You mean, as opposed to furiously scolding them and shaking our fingers at them?

"Why, you sleazy heterosexual celebrities! How dare you have extramarital sex! Shame!!! SHAME!!!"

by Anonymousreply 3304/10/2012

R18- so the producers should keep all the money? Doesn't seem fair. When you are performing for millions and the show is making millions, you should get a piece of it.

by Anonymousreply 3504/10/2012

I'm sure Van Der Beek got several nice hot loads from his on-screen dad. That's payment enough.

by Anonymousreply 3704/10/2012

I bet he was taking home 4,000 a week for 22 weeks out of the year, which works out to 1,700 a week for the year. MOVIE STARS and established actors in TV make big money, and only a few at that. TV actors on their first jobs make much less. The salary may seem high, but after taxes & commission, not so much.

by Anonymousreply 3804/10/2012

[quote]I'm not saying the producers should get millions either, but actors should not be paid more than doctors, teachers, the President of the United States etc.

You can leave the President off that list. Most modern ex-presidents parlay their status into enormous wealth.

by Anonymousreply 3904/10/2012

If the contracts were that bad, it explains a lot about Katie's marriage.

by Anonymousreply 4104/10/2012

R34 is right, DL holds a special hatred for gay celebs.

by Anonymousreply 4204/10/2012

That's cause old boy is ugly, no I tell a lie, he FUGLY. He makes Michael Phelps look hot. He got that horse face.

Who wants to pay for a horse face. Look Mr Ed, go hang out with Wilbur. Horse face

by Anonymousreply 4304/10/2012

I think he made a pretty good living on DC. He and I lived in the same condo building in Wilmington and I believe his was over 800k when bought by him in the late nineties. I also know that he owned another one block away that he had trouble selling after buying into my building. I remember that he wanted to cut an access hole to the roof for a rooftop balcony. Apparently he was afraid of drawing crowds if he had his coffee on the regular balcony like everyone else in the building.

by Anonymousreply 4404/10/2012

Please R38. Van Der Beek I am sure started out somewhere in that range. However his payrate was renegotiated during the run on the show, he definitely made more than that for later seasons.

I'm sure he didn't make as much money as he felt he deserved, but thats a different argument.

by Anonymousreply 4604/10/2012

TV actors always renegotiate their original deal the minute the show becomes a hit. If the show lasts three years and is still a ratings success, they renew their contract and make millions.

I'm not crying for him. He's rich.

by Anonymousreply 4704/10/2012

Explain. Wouldn't he get residuals now from Dawsons Geek? I thought all actors get syndication residuals.

by Anonymousreply 4904/10/2012

The people who produce the work still make money off of it once it finishes airing. Why should actors not also be compensated for money being made off their work?

by Anonymousreply 5104/10/2012

Agree with R34 and R42. Straight men are the only ones not held to any standards at all around here, while gay celebs can't do anything right. Pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 5204/10/2012

I think the posts about what actors should be paid is funny as hell. Unless the money is coming from their pocket, i e taxes why is it your business what they are paid?

by Anonymousreply 5304/10/2012

[quote]Actors should not get residuals or royalties. I've never understood that. They should get paid once when they film it, and that's it

Because those shows air and re-air and the production companies still make money, therefor the actors should also get a stake in that. Since acting isn't exactly a stable career it probably gets a number through the lean years.

I have no idea why you care so much what actors make, nor what that has to do with how much the President of the United States makes. Talk about apples and oranges.

by Anonymousreply 5604/10/2012

You paying to see a movie has absolutely nothing to do how much an actor should get paid, R55.

by Anonymousreply 5704/10/2012

I would pay him $100 just to let me rim him for half an hour. And he'd have to pry my face out of his ass when those 30 minutes were up. I'd lick him for hours.

by Anonymousreply 5804/10/2012

[quote]STFU fundie frau @ [R34]. Didn't you get smacked around enough on the Tiger Woods thread?

Oh, it's the same poster? Why am I not surprised.

Doesn't the moral outrage get old?

by Anonymousreply 5904/10/2012

R52, you forgot porn stars, especially "gay for pay."

DL queens adore porn stars and hold them in the highest regard, and the more drug and alcohol addled the "stars" are, the more DL queens like them.

by Anonymousreply 6004/10/2012

Didn't you queens swear he was gay for years?

by Anonymousreply 6104/10/2012

Plenty of straight dudes get regularly trashed on here.

The problem with the DL is that it shows no good will towards openly gay stars. It is not meaner to them, because in general it is a board that is bitchy to everyone, including fellow gays.

And not even defending that practice, because I think some good will should be shown to our out stars, but that is the situation.

And R58, if Van Der Beek was going to start letting creepy old queens rim him he could definitely make way more than than $100. He, including his ass, still looks great.

by Anonymousreply 6204/10/2012

Typical of DL freeptards to focus on actors who make too much and away from film companies which make too much and haven't even peformed at the level actors have. The people who SHOULD make the most in every film are the writers because the story is everything. But they don't.

by Anonymousreply 6304/10/2012

"JVB is a douche. He's already been married & divorced once and he got his 2nd wife pregnant before he was even divorced from the 1st one."

At least he didn't get two women pregnant at the same time.

by Anonymousreply 6404/10/2012

I kind of like the beek.

by Anonymousreply 6504/10/2012
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